Nokia Lumia 925 arrives: lightweight aluminium body, new camera features

Nokia Lumia 925 arrives: lightweight aluminium body, new camera featuresNokia has officially announced its new flagship Windows Phone, the aluminium-bodied Lumia 925, bringing to an end months of speculation about the handset codenamed Catwalk.

The sleek metal body makes the Lumia 925 slimmer and considerably lighter than the current Lumia 920 flagship, while a series of camera improvements head up the benefits on the inside.

Rumours about the Catwalk have been doing the rounds for months now, and for the most part were bang on the money, with the Lumia 925 ticking most of the expected boxes when it was unveiled at this morning's London launch event.

However, the other device we were hoping to hear something about, the rumoured EOS high-spec camera phone, didn't materialise at all. The closest we got was Nokia's Smart Camera software, which throws some fancy imaging features at the Lumia 925 and will also make its way to other Lumia devices as part of an Amber update package in Q3.

But back to the Lumia 925. Its aluminium casing brings the handset down to just 8.5mm thick (versus the Lumia 920's 10.7mm), and more importantly slashes the overall weight from 185g to 139g – a massive difference.

The chassis isn't all aluminium, though – a polycarbonate rear panel has been retained, available in black, white or grey, which houses the contact points for the wireless charging sleeves which are now a necessity for using the technology with Nokia's new hero.

Like the newly announced US-only Lumia 928, the Lumia 925 sees Nokia move from LCD to OLED on the display front, but otherwise the specs are largely unchanged from the Lumia 920.

The camera is one of the few exceptions, with Nokia having added a sixth lens element to the f/2.0 optics array for better sharpness in low light conditions.

The sensor itself remains the same 8.7MP PureView unit found on the Lumia 920, but the Smart Camera feature lets you use it in new ways.

Smart Camera takes 10-shot bursts of images, which you can then play around with after the fact. By default, the camera will select what it believes is the Best Shot, but you can also choose options such as Action Shot, which combines moving details from the 10 frames into a single shot, and Motion Focus, which separates the subject from the background and applies blur behind it to emphasize movement.

The Nokia Lumia 925 has been priced pre-taxes and subsidies at €469, and will be available in the UK from next month. Vodafone has already claimed exclusive rights on the all-black 32GB version, but more details will no doubt become clear in time.

Via Nokia

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AhmadCentral  May. 14, 2013 at 12:15

So it's the Lumia 920+

JanSt / MOD  May. 14, 2013 at 12:48

So it's the Lumia 920+

Yeah, but that was kinda known... I don't get the negative hype now.
They improved the hardware, cut the weight by 23% (!!!) and added some other features/improvements.
The real negative: 16 GB! 32GB exclusive to Vodafone.

barrybarryk  May. 14, 2013 at 12:56

I really, really doubt Vodafone have exclusive rights to the only 32GB model, there's bound to be more. That just makes no sense.

I like it, I might even consider a WP later in the year. I don't play app games and only really use the basic apps like email, skype, etc so the relative lack of apps on the windows store doesn't bother me in the slightest. I don't really get the negative hype either, I mean they even called it the 925

JanSt / MOD  May. 14, 2013 at 13:28

I really, really doubt Vodafone have exclusive rights to the only 32GB model, there's bound to be more. That just makes no sense.

I like it, I might even consider a WP later in the year. I don't play app games and only really use the basic apps like email, skype, etc so the relative lack of apps on the windows store doesn't bother me in the slightest. I don't really get the negative hype either, I mean they even called it the 925
Doubt all you want :p
They do have the initial exclusive on the 32GB Lumia 925.
O2 etc have the 16GB version. You can visit the respective "coming soon" pages - or you continue the doubting process :p
Seriously: Vodafone honcho was ONSTAGE at the event... going as far as dissing the 920 for being un-European etc... they practically gave him carte blanche. Worst launch, really!

barrybarryk  May. 14, 2013 at 13:37

Vodafone exclusive: Black 32GB Lumia
O2 exclusive: White 16GB Lumia

I didn't hear him say it was the only 32GB model nor is it in any of the press releases.

If those are the only models what are Three selling as they've confirmed they'll be stocking the 925 as well

JanSt / MOD  May. 14, 2013 at 13:39

Vodafone exclusive: Black 32GB Lumia
O2 exclusive: White 16GB Lumia

I didn't hear him say it was the only 32GB model nor is it in any of the press releases.

If those are the only models what are Three selling as they've confirmed they'll be stocking the 925 as well
There's Silver (grey), white and black...

AhmadCentral  May. 14, 2013 at 14:59

I really, really doubt Vodafone have exclusive rights to the only 32GB model, there's bound to be more. That just makes no sense.

I like it, I might even consider a WP later in the year. I don't play app games and only really use the basic apps like email, skype, etc so the relative lack of apps on the windows store doesn't bother me in the slightest. I don't really get the negative hype either, I mean they even called it the 925


Voda always go the exclusive route on phones. They've had countless phones with exclusive stuff like extra memory. They nearly always have a exclusive 32GB model of every Samsung phone.

Talking on contract obviously.

JanSt / MOD  May. 14, 2013 at 16:31

Any info re the material for the lense cover? Looks very exposed, and Gorilla Glass is really not good enough in day to day ab-use.

satchef1  May. 14, 2013 at 22:22

Ab-use? I'm intrigued as to what that entails.

Looks like a nice handset. Better than I expected to be honest - I was half expecting it to look decidedly iPhone-like with no other improvements over the 920. Instead it is a decent evolution of the 920 - better chassis, better camera, better screen. By all accounts, and a great phone. I can understand that some people are disappointed by the EOS's absence, but it was always an outside chance. Rumours have had it down for a Q4 release. The rumours of it launching this week we're pure optimism and always unlikely.

Biggest downside I can see for the 925 is the screen resolution really, but is 1080p really that big an improvement?

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